We are so sad to see artisan Georges Viornery hang up his winemaking hat and retire this year, but what a vintage to go out on. Capping a long, fruitful career in Beaujolais, Viornery has created his best wine ever, the product both of decades of expertise and a vintage of a lifetime. 100% tank; balanced, fruity and endlessly pleasing. The nose reminds of pink flowers and the sweet/tart perfumes of a blueberry pie, while the mouth delivers a flood of black cherries and blueberries, flavors dense, deep and deliciously complex and endlessly creamy. A lush, almost chewy, and certainly pleasing Beaujolais; and a tribute to a great, great artist.
2009 Beaujolais: The finest since 1947!
From the moment we hit the ground in Beaujolais we knew this was the big one. Sure, we’ve visited these caves for decades; we’ve tasted some extraordinary wines. But these wines were different. There were no furrowed brows, no thoughtful pauses as we tried to put what we were experiencing to words.
Have you ever seen serious professionals break down and dance a jig in a cellar? The 2009 vintage robbed us of speech and set our imaginations on fire. We could not believe how luscious the wines were—chock-full of creamy
fruit, each sip a pillow of crème fraiche and ripe, savory summer
berries, liquid and luscious and pure. Spoon-licking good. Forget the
guests at the table and finish the bottle yourself good.
We had never tasted Beaujolais so expressive, so
aromatically captivating, so down-right delicious. Say what you want
about the fickleness of taste, but we can hands-down guarantee that
Beaujolais in 2009 will be loved by just about everyone with a pulse and
an empty glass—pure pleasure has never been so easy to obtain.
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